By KATE COIL
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Concord University’s Board of Governors selected a new interim president for the university Thursday amid alumni concerns for the university’s image.
The board voted to select Dr. Kendra Boggess as the interim president of the university contingent upon approval by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.
Boggess will step into the interim position on July 1, taking over the helm of the university from current president Dr. Gregory, F. Aloia. On April 24, Aloia announced he had accepted a position as president of the College of Coastal Georgia in Brusnwick, Ga.
Boggess is currently serving as Concord’s interim vice president and academic dean.
“I am honored that the Board has shown confidence in selecting me to serve during this time of transition and I’ll do my best to fulfill the responsibilities of the office if approved by the WVHEPC,” Boggess said.
Dr. Aloia also agreed with the board’s choice.
“Dr. Boggess is an outstanding choice,” Aloia said. “Dr. Boggess will bring a wealth of experience and wisdom to the position that she has garnered as a faculty member, division chair, and interim VPAD. She has a great love for Concord and a genuine understanding of its mission. She is an excellent selection. Concord University will be well served, and I will look forward to working with her during this transition in the leadership change.”
During the meeting, Jessica Cook, president of the Concord University Alumni Association, addressed the board before the vote expressing the association’s concerns regarding the university’s future and “the instability with the president’s office” at the school.
“The alumni base is very worried about Dr. Aloia’s resignation,” Cook said. “Too many times has the board appointed interims and temporarily filled important positions within the university. We feel this works to the detriment of the university and this current situation is a perfect example.”
Cook asked the board for more alumni and student involvement in the selection of the next president for the university, including requesting the board reserve two seats on the selection committee for alumni.
“If the wrong person is selected there could be dire consequences,” Cook said. “This is a huge undertaking, but the alumni association is willing and desirous to help with the selection process. We want to ensure the new leader is dynamic and in line with the overall mission of Concord. This decision should not be left to the board alone.”
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